By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Monday, November 20, 2023
No champion delivers dazzling encores fairly like Novak Djokovic does.
World No. 1 Djokovic demolished residence hero Jannik Sinner to seize his document seventh ATP Finals championship in Turin on Sunday.
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Djokovic’s dominant weekend noticed him sweep world No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 4 Sinner in succession to win his ATP-best seventh title of the season.
It was a superlative season that noticed Djokovic win seven of the 12 tournaments he performed, together with claiming three of the 4 Grand Slam championships, safe his record-extending eighth season as year-end No. 1, acquire his 98th profession title and launch his four-hundredth week as world No. 1.
So what does the 36-year-old Serbian celebrity have deliberate for a 2024 encore?
“Well, you can win four slams and Olympic gold,” Djokovic instructed the media in Turin with a smile.
Given Djokovic’s 55-6 document this season and the actual fact he introduced his greatest on the greatest occasions you’ll be able to’t low cost his run on the Golden Slam.
In 1988, Steffi Graf made historical past as the one participant—male or feminine—to win the Golden Slam capturing all 4 main championships and the Olympic gold medal—the Olympic tennis occasion was staged after the US Open when Graf gained gold—in the identical season.
The Olympic gold medal is about the one high tennis prize lacking from Djokovic’s trophy assortment.
Testing Djokovic’s Golden Slam dream is the actual fact the 2024 Olympic tennis match can be staged on Roland Garros’ purple clay in Paris.
A grasp of all surfaces, reigning Roland Garros champion Djokovic will face a speedy floor adjustment.
“[The Olympics] is definitely one of the major goals for next year, other than Grand Slams,” Djokovic instructed the media in Turin. “It’s going to be very congested schedule with going from the slowest to the fastest surface in sport back to the slowest. Clay, grass, clay, then hard court. Obviously that’s a very demanding, challenging stretch of the year.
“I’m going to have to talk with my staff to see how we are able to plan out our preparations, coaching, in order that I’m in a position to play my greatest tennis the place I wish to.”
The 10-time Australian Open champion will attempt to lead Serbia to a different Davis Cup championship later this month. Djokovic has rather a lot to stay up for in 2024: he’ll goal to win a record-extending eleventh Australian Open title and if he does he’ll declare his twenty fifth main championship breaking the all-time document he shares with Hall of Famer Margaret Court.
Djokovic is 2 titles away from his one centesimal profession championship and can be a part of Jimmy Connors (109 profession titles) and rival Roger Federer (103 titles) as simply the third man in Open Era historical past to win 100 or extra singles championships.
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